Student smoking rate shows sharp decrease - News

Fewer students are lighting up, according to a state survey. A study by the state Departments of Health and Education showed that 4.2 percent of middle school students surveyed last year smoke, compared with ... Full Story
Closet -Smokers

United States

#1 Nov 25, 2008
I wouldn't bank on these numbers. Since smoking has become a social stigma many adult smokers have gone into the closet to hide their habit. Why would students be any different?
Consenting adult

Pearl City, HI

#2 Nov 25, 2008
Oh the health dept. did it. They can't even tell the truth about the smoking ban law and that's black and white. The DOH has no integrity when it comes to tobacco control.
Consenting adult

Pearl City, HI

#3 Nov 25, 2008
Closet -Smokers wrote:
I wouldn't bank on these numbers. Since smoking has become a social stigma many adult smokers have gone into the closet to hide their habit. Why would students be any different?
I was a "secret" smoker in high school. That way I didn't have to deal with parental pressure or questions about why the boys room smelled like smoke. I'd be like "everybody knows I don't smoke, have you ever seen me smoke?"
TomTom

Honolulu, HI

#4 Nov 25, 2008
Don't know where they got their numbers from. Check out the bus stops on Ala Ilima St. when Moanaloa HS gets out (between 2-2:30pm). Over 1/2 the kids hanging out at the stops are lighting up.
cough

Honolulu, HI

#5 Nov 25, 2008
Like gasoline. Less smokers mean less tax collection.
anobody

Holualoa, HI

#6 Nov 25, 2008
The tobacco law is stupid!You gotta be 18 to purchase cigarettes,but you don't have to be 18 to smoke it.They should write out tickets if you're under age ,or something like that.
auwe

Kailua, HI

#7 Nov 25, 2008
The only reason smoking has decreased is because they can't afford it anymore...if the prices drop, they'll be right back in line.
rrrrrahhhhh

Honolulu, HI

#8 Nov 25, 2008
When was the last time a teen got cancer from smoking? It's just a normal part of youth and many quit a few decades down the road so what's the big deal?

Just another excuse from the loser leadership of worthless groups like the one mentioned in the article to put settlement dollars in their personal pockets. Cut their funding and overnight watch 'em claim that the rate has tripled - yah right.
oh no

Honolulu, HI

#9 Nov 25, 2008
Consenting adult wrote:
Oh the health dept. did it. They can't even tell the truth about the smoking ban law and that's black and white. The DOH has no integrity when it comes to tobacco control.
But they are really good at verifying documents and spotting forgeries.
Hilo Reader

Kailua Kona, HI

#10 Nov 25, 2008
I agree with "anobody": underage smokers should have some legal consequences.
I also agree with "auwe": the high price has prevented many kids from starting.
Gee, maybe to fight obesity, the price of high-calorie foods should also go way up!(Only joking, people!)
Or, we could change the name of certain places from fast food to fats food....

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